10 thoughts on “It’s All About That ‘Sound’ Not Hi-Res

  • July 10, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Just a reminder to all those who read the comments Mark did say this..

    “So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I recently learned that Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl was only interested in the money when Sony approached him about securing high-resolution transfers of his back catalog. Don’t ask me how I learned about this but it’s true. I had imagined that Dave Grohl would be one of the good guys and really believe in high fidelity. I keep thinking that all I need to find is a bona fide top tier musician to get behind high-resolution and the rest would be history. Who could be that person? It’s not Neil Young. Maybe James Taylor…I cherish his music, songs, and voice but he’s probably too old and not really relevant to the younger generation. Dave Matthews or John Mayer? Nope. Hearing that Dave Grohl had no interest in the capturing of his analog stereo masters into high-resolution PCM was surprising. All he did was show up for the check.”


    One thing for sure, we’ll get some good posts from Mark in the future when he runs the recordings through his tests. 🙂

    • July 11, 2015 at 11:03 am

      You’re right…and I don’t hold it against Dave Grohl. But the fact remains that the Foo Fighters music wouldn’t be the Foo Fighters music if it contained more dynamic range and extended frequency response. I would love to give it a try and mix the tracks in surround but that’s not going to happen.

  • July 11, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Meridian’s MQA technology does a far better job playing MP3’s then Sony’s DSEE. The price to pay is a fraction of the Sony’s NW-ZX2 Walkman: A product named the Explorer 2, a USB DAC, which retails for $299! Not to mention its support of MQA, AND its use of the (patented) anti-apodising filter, which makes RBCD files (.FLAC, .ALAC, .WAV) sound absolutely amazing.

    • July 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Yuval, processes like Sony’s DSEE (there are others) are completely different than MQA AND the use of apodising filters. DSEE tries to rebuild high frequencies that been lost during the encoding to MP3. Using an apodising filter removes “pre-ringing” in the digital conversion process. Completely unrelated.

  • July 11, 2015 at 4:46 am

    Regarding my previous comments, I was in error: The technology that improves the sound quality of MP3’s in the Explorer 2 is not MQA, but rather the anti-apodisng filter. That takes nothing away from the amazing technology that MQA is…

  • July 11, 2015 at 11:19 am

    A little off the topic, but I would like to know what Mark thinks of DTS Headphone X in terms of Hi Res Music processing and surround sound processing for headphones. If you have already covered this topic, please let us know where it is in your archives.

    • July 11, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Jack, you must be psychic…I literally just opened up the user manual and will playing with this plug in this afternoon with my good friend Robert Margouleff (very famous audio engineer!)DTS Headphones X Manual

  • July 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    “All that matters to a large number of audiophiles is whether they believe it sounds better than something else.”
    LMAO, ain’t that the truth.

  • July 14, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Dr. Waldrep, you said:

    “Although, I think it would be great fun to experiment with his multitracks and see what could be done.”

    Mr. Grohl and friends filmed the making of “Sonic Highways”, the 8 1-hour episodes played on HBO (I don’t have cable) but the whole series was released on 3 bluray disks, for less than $20!
    I’ve gone through the first disk (4 cities/songs) and each episode ends with the “final cut” being performed live, in 5.1. Definitely not a clean mix like your AIX disks or Steven Wilson’s work, but some good power to them. Wish the ALBUM was available with those 5.1 mixes, but nothing so far.

    • July 15, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Thanks…I’m going to have to sign up for HBO again. No that they’re unbundling the services…it might be worth it.

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